The tourists wrapped up the second Test with a 68-run victory on day five in Dubai on Tuesday, consigning Pakistan to a 2-0 reverse - their first series defeat since being forced to play their home Tests in the United Arab Emirates. It was Azam's fifth duck in six matches this year. Last night, it was a little hard to bowl, especially with the dew (but) we knew when we come today, it will grip more.
Sarfraz felt that this being his first outing as captain of the Test team, it was important that he had learnt a fair bit.
Rangana Herath's quick 17 off 17 balls helped Sri Lanka set Pakistan a 317-runs target on day four of the second Test in Dubai on Monday.
Next man in, Dilruwan could not survive the assault as he was trapped by Yasir Shah in front of wicket for a nought to leave Lanka in tatters despite a cushion of 220-run first innings lead. Four Pakistan wickets fell to the second new ball, which was taken seven overs into play on day five.
Play today resumed with Pakistan at 198-5.
A paddle to fine leg for a single brought up his 11th Test hundred, before he was dropped from his next delivery by Dimuth Karunaratne at slip off the bowling of Dilruwan, whose disappointment was soon alleviated as Sarfraz top edged a sweep and was well held at fine leg by Nuwan Pradeep.
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"The main thing is our attitude and it makes lot of difference so everyone put their heart and soul in the practices, so when they come to the match they did well". This was followed by them being whitewashed in the ODI and T20I series. "I got to learn a lot as captain", said Ahmed. "We knew Dilruwan was struggling in the Indian series".
Sri Lanka won a nail-biting first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs.
Wahab Riaz, who led Pakistan's fightback on day three, was the wrecker-in chief as he finished with a figure of 4-41. If you look at the guys, they're really committed.
If everyone who reads our reporting, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure and we will be able to keep our and your perspective going. We lacked in our batting, we didn't play any long innings, didn't capitalise on good starts. It had always been thought that dew would play a role in day-night Tests at venues nearer the equator.
Australia captain Steve Smith will return home from the tour of India due to a shoulder injury, Cricket Australia announced just hours before the opener of a three-match Twenty20 series against the hosts on Saturday.